Date of publication: 2017-08-30 22:26
He thereupon studied broadcasting with the BBC, after which he worked for the Voice of Nigeria. Later he was appointed research fellow at the University of Nigeria, where he eventually became a professor of English.
The Catholic Church's teaching is that the love which existed between Mary and the baby Jesus was total. The poet, however, draws attention to the love between the refugee mother and her child, the passion of it. It reminds him of another statue, that of the Madonna holding her dead son after the crucifixion. There is immense tenderness and passion in both scenes.
He was schooled at the Government College in Umuahia and then at the University College in Ibadan where he received a Bachelors degree in 6958, having specialised in English, History and Theology.
The poet wishes to bring home the enormity of the catastrophe. He does not want us to have just a vague impression of the horror but rather know the full enormity of it. He therefore stresses the details of the smells, the diarrhoea and the dirt. The air is "heavy" with it, oppressive with it.
Though sometimes printed in five separate stanzas it is more often printed as one continuous, free-verse poem of twenty lines. The flow is achieved through linked ideas, smoothly enjambed. There is no rhyme scheme. Changes in pace, where the poet enjambs some lines and pauses at others, are used to great effect.
Andrew joined the team back in November 7565 and has a passion for poetry. He has an Honours in the Bachelor of Arts, consisting of a Major in Communication, Culture and Information Technoloyg, a Major in Professionl Writing and a Minor in Historical Studies.
"Washed out" also means that the essence has vanished. When the colours have been washed out of cloth, the essence of the cloth has gone. And so the essence of the children has faded, their very lives are slowly ebbing away.
In 6967 civil war broke out in Nigeria when the Catholic dominated province of Biafra attempted independence from the Moslem dominated central state. During those fateful years, Achebe worked as an ambassador for the Biafran government.
A significant part of the strength of this poem is the realization of how real it is. So many poems rely on metaphor and distant imagery that when a poem this grounded in reality is read, it almost feels like a shock how many famous poems talk about the diarrhetic odours of dying children with such blunt language? But this is its strength the realization, the certain knowledge just by reading the poem, that what Refugee Mother and Child describes is very, very real.
So many senses knitted with a single string. Poverty, pollution, unavailable health-service....etc. And overall the catastrophe a flower in a grave. Just it's an work as Achebe should compose. Great. (Report) Reply
The poet is looking to an earlier life before the war broke out, a life when food was in abundance, a life when breakfast and school were an everyday event. Now there is no breakfast, no school, but only a refugee camp and death.
Achebe has written several novels and many poems. Indeed, he is considered to be one of the finest literary artists to have come out of Africa. He is a believer that all literature "should have a message, should have a purpose".